Football: Grandview makes quick work of Prairie View in 49-6 5A first round state playoff victory

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Grandview junior running back Hayden Blubaugh finds open space as he heads towards the end zone in the Wolves' 49-6 win over Prairie View in a Class 5A first round state football playoff game on Nov. 6, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. Blubaugh produced 144 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just eight carries as Grandview earned its way into the second round for the 11th straight season. (Photo by Sara Hertwig/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview junior running back Hayden Blubaugh finds open space as he heads towards the end zone in the Wolves’ 49-6 win over Prairie View in a Class 5A first round state football playoff game on Nov. 6, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. Blubaugh produced 141 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just eight carries as Grandview earned its way into the second round for the 11th straight season. (Photo by Sara Hertwig/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Grandview football team’s mastery of the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs continued Friday night.

Coach John Schultz’s Wolves, the top seed in Region B, won their 11th straight postseason opener with a 49-6 handling of No. 8 Prairie View on a frigid night at Legacy Stadium made shorter by the running clock mercy rule.

Grandview (8-2) will be at home again in round two, as it will play host to fourth-seeded Mountain Vista, a 19-14 winner over No. 5 Denver East.

In beating the ThunderHawks in the opening round of the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, the Wolves cruised behind an efficient and explosive performance from junior running back Hayden Blubaugh, the state’s leading rusher who racked up 141 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries.

Blubaugh’s 27 yard run early in the second quarter — which followed touchdown jaunts of 2, 20 and 33 yards in the opening quarter — invoked the running clock mercy rule with a 40-point margin.

Efficient in his own right was junior quarterback Gunnar Lamphere, who completed three of his five passes for 73 yards and touchdowns to junior Micah Chavez and senior Marcus Lawrence. Sophomore Kyle Smith capped the scoring with a 10 yard run in the fourth quarter followed by Tyler Ross’ 2-point conversion.

Senior linebacker DeAndre Shorts had two sacks on defense for the Wolves, who also forced two turnovers.

Prairie View — which got a 17-yard touchdown run by Isaac Campbell in the third quarter — dropped to 0-3 all-time in the postseason and finished the season 4-6.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

(1) GRANDVIEW 49, (8) PRAIRIE VIEW 6

Score by quarters:

Prairie View    0   0  6   0 —   6

Grandview    28  13  0   8 — 49

SCORING

First quarter

Grandview — Hayden Blubaugh 2 yard run (Ben Genovese kick), 8:27

Grandview — Blubaugh 20 yard run (Genovese kick), 6:13

Grandview — Marcus Lawrence 46 yard pass from Gunnar Lamphere (Genovese kick), 3:55

Grandview — Blubaugh 33 yard run (Genovese kick), 0:00

Second quarter

Grandview — Micah Chavez 15 yard pass from Lamphere (Genovese kick), 11:42

Grandview — Blubaugh 27 yard run (kick failed), 8:30

Third quarter

Prairie View — Isaac Campbell 17 yard run (kick failed), running clock

Fourth quarter

Grandview — Kyle Smith 10 yard run (Tyler Ross run), running clock

RUSHING

Prairie View: Isaac Campbell 7-54, Jovan Chavarria 6-19, Ray Chappell 1-16, Dallas Marston 1-9, Donovan Otero 3-6, Kierre Huey 4-4, Benjamin Meraz 6-(minus 15)

Grandview: Hayden Blubaugh 8-141, Kyle Smith 2-30, Jevon Reed-Harris 7-27, Tyler Ross 4-21, DeAndre Shorts 3-21, Gunnar Lamphere 1-15

PASSING

Prairie View: Meraz 0-3; Huey 1-1, 15 yards

Grandview: Lamphere 3-5, 73 yards, 2 touchdowns

RECEIVING

Prairie View: Meraz 1-15

Grandview: Marcus Lawrence 1-46, Micah Chavez 1-15, Dom Chapa 1-12